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The Black Panthers, also known as the Black Panther Party, was a political organization founded in 1966 by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale to challenge police brutality against the African American community. They are photographed here by Hiroji Kubota in Illinois in 1968.

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Hiroji Kubota
© Hiroji Kubota | Magnum Photos

Hiroji Kubota was born in Tokyo in 1939, the second son of a successful fish merchant, and lived through Japan’s disruptive war years. After graduating in political science from Tokyo’s University of Waseda in 1962, Kubota moved to the US, settling in Chicago, where he continued photographing while supporting himself by working in a Japanese catering business.

He became a freelance photographer in 1965, and his first assignment for the UK newspaper The Times was to Jackson Pollock’s grave in East Hampton. In 1968, Kubota returned to live in Japan, where his work was recognized with a Publishing Culture Award from Kodansha in 1970. The next year he became a Magnum associate.

As well as making significant bodies of work in the United States, Kubota has photographed the majority of the Asian continent, spending the most time in China and Japan, where he created several deeply researched series.

© Hiroji Kubota | Magnum Photos

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